The Progression of Austin Hedges has Been Impressive

July 16, 2017

It’s kind of hard to believe that the 2017 baseball season is already at the halfway point. I have to admit, this one feels like it’s gone by pretty fast. That may not be such a bad thing seeing as the team is nowhere near contention, which perfectly aligns with expectations. I’m sure that every San Diego Padres fan would love to possess a remote control that would allow them…

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Framing the Friars: Richard Bounces Back & Austin Hedges Powers the Offense

July 7, 2017

Before the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Clayton Richard and Austin Hedges were in the midst of struggling stretches. Whereas Richard’s ERA ballooned from 4.20 on June 19 to 4.85 on June 30 due to two extremely horrible starts, Hedges’ batting average dropped from .222 on June 25 to .214 on July 4 with help from nine strikeouts in seven games and awful plate discipline. As such, the first…

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Padres Editorial: Embrace the Stank (Cubs Edition)

June 25, 2017

Thanks to Andy Green, I’ve already let it go, but sometimes I just like to rub dirt. When the Padres lollygagged their way into Chicago last Monday, they were afterthoughts to a Cubs’ dream of a repeat, only moving the meter in the hearts of the most die-hard of the Friar faithful. Mere marks in a land of thieves and manipulators. They left as Christians surviving the den of the…

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Padres Editorial: The Padres Need to Show a Backbone

June 21, 2017

2017 has been a tough year for San Diego sports fans. First of all, we lost our NFL franchise to greed. Now it seems that the Qualcomm Stadium site will be abandoned for the foreseeable future, because SDSU will only play there for the next couple of seasons and the city has no clue on how to get out of their own way and built something in Mission Valley. The…

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Framing the Friars: Rizzo Collides with Hedges as Cubs Edge Padres 3-2

June 19, 2017

  Coming into the series, the Padres really had no expectations, and frankly we did not know how this series would turn out. You’re going up against the defending World Series champs and their all-star studded lineup.   To add to that, one of the best pitchers in the game, Jon Lester, is slated to pitch game one. Understandably,  many Padres fans came into the game pretty much expecting a Friars…

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Do the Padres Deserve an All-Star Game Representative?

June 17, 2017

It’s June 17th. The 2017 MLB Draft has come and gone. MacKenzie Gore is now a San Diego Padre. With the draft in the rear view, all eyes are on MLB All-Star voting. There’s exactly 25 days until the best players in baseball take the field in Miami. As the current voting stands, there is no Padre anywhere close to being a top vote-getter. With how the Padres have performed…

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Framing the Friars: Bats Turn Cold and So Does the Win Streak

June 4, 2017

The Padres came into Petco Park looking to grow their largest winning streak on the season by one more game. I’m not sure if it’s encouragement from Ron Fowler to get through these five wins, but I can say the Padres have been slugging the ball. Saturday night was a different story. The Padres struck out eight times and combined for just four hits in 30 at bats, a .133…

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The Padres Current Winning Streak- By the Numbers

June 2, 2017

Everybody “knew” entering the 2017 season, the San Diego Padres would be “the worst team in baseball”. What they didn’t know, was that at the end of May, the Padres would be coming off a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, in the thick of a four-game win streak, and have the same record as the supposed “contending” Giants. Now before you say it, I’ll say it for you. “Leave it…

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Checking In On Austin Hedges’ Defense

May 11, 2017

#Swoon. When I hear the name Austin Hedges, that’s the first thing that comes into my mind. I mean look at that face. Who doesn’t love that face? Anyway, I am already getting off topic here. So Austin Hedges, baseball player. It’s his first full season in the bigs and he’s still developing. He’s had his share of ups and downs early this season, but the key is that he…

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The Padres’ Plate Discipline Problem

May 4, 2017

Just over one month into the 2017 season, the San Diego Padres sit at 12-17 through the team’s first 29 games. Going into the season, most knew the Padres would be largely non-competitive. While there has been some surprise wins for the Friars, that expectation has largely come to fruition. However, the Padres have played a much different game than what was expected. Everyone had a good idea that the…

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Ryan Schimpf is Setting an Early Example of Patience at The Plate

April 20, 2017

Last season we saw Ryan Schimpf blast home runs and extra base hits like he was taking batting practice. He hit 20 home runs, had 22 extra base hits, struck out 105 times, and walked just 42 times in 330 plate appearances. This season, however, he is taking a different approach at the plate. It is still very early in the season, but in his 59 plate appearances thus far, Schimpf…

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There’s No Need to Worry About Austin Hedges

April 13, 2017

  With the Padres completing their 10th game on Wednesday afternoon, the baseball season is now approximately 1/16th finished. The Padres have finished those ten games an even five and five, and they will head to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves. Through ten games, there has been no shortage of storylines in San Diego. From Manuel Margot and Wil Myers‘ stellar starts to the season to the…

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